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Volkswagen Academy graduate wins Best Apprentice Award in Germany

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Volkswagen Chattanooga EVP of HR Sebastian Patta and Caleb Higginbotham. VW photo Volkswagen Chattanooga EVP of HR Sebastian Patta and Caleb Higginbotham. VW photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A Volkswagen Academy Mechatronics Program graduate, Caleb Higginbotham, was honored with a Best Apprentice Award along with his peers from similar programs around the globe.

Higginbotham is the first Volkswagen Academy graduate to receive the award, which is in its 43rd year.

“I was motivated and focused to do my best because I was working before I entered the Volkswagen Apprentice program and knew what was out there, and how hard it is to find a well-paying job without the proper skills or education,” Higginbotham said.

The award-winners were brought to Germany and participated in a multi-day program, and toured the Wolfsburg plant, the Autostadt and took part in Lean Center training.

“Congratulations to Caleb for his achievements,” said Sebastian Patta, EVP Human Resources, Volkswagen Chattanooga. “We are very proud of the Volkswagen Academy, and his award shows that our young apprenticeship programs stand shoulder to shoulder with other, more mature programs around the globe,” Patta said.
 
The awards were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Organization and IT, Dr. Horst Neumann, and the President of the Global Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh.
 
“The training I received from the Volkswagen Apprentice Program has opened up opportunities for me professionally, and now traveling to Wolfsburg to accept this award has also opened up cultural experiences,” Higginbotham said.
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